THIS OCEAN BETWEEN
OBM: Hey guys, how are things going?
We're all goood thanks, how are you?
OBM: For anyone that hasn't heard of the band, could you tell us a bit about your background?
Well we formed in January '08 and just started working really hard from the start. We played our first show in a venue eight miles from our hometown and our second show in Croatia! We just love to tour and to play live and want to get ourselves out there as much as possible.
OBM: Describe the sound of your band please.
OBM: Where did the band name come from "This Ocean Between"? What inspired it?
We HATE our name...
We needed a name quickly and this one was suggested and it had got to the point where it was like 'fuck it, that will do'. All we can say on that is watch this space...
Initially it was supposed to be inspired by a journey from where/who you are to where/who you are going to become. All of the things that will affect you on that journey, good or bad, will make you into the person you become.
OBM: Who are your influences?
Between us we LOVE loads of different styles and artists.
From Johnny Cash to Job for A Cowboy, The Prodigy to Paramore, Michael Jackson to Misery Signals, Arctic Monkeys to Architects...
The list could go on...
OBM: You signed to "Tornado Music" after just one demo, do you feel you were ready for the deal?
Yes we where ready but I would say that signing to Tornado was a learning curve for us and we are so thankful to Tomm and the team for everything they've done.
OBM: What did you want to achieve with your new EP "THE STATE OF THINGS TO COME"?
We wanted to make a record that people could sing along to and rock out to which is what we try and deliver with our live show. It has a very positive sound.We know it isn't groundbreakingly original but we love what we do and if people want to listen to it then that's awesome!
OBM: How long did it take to write and record? Are you happy with it?
Probably about two months.
We made the record we wanted to at the time. But the material we are currently writing is very different.
OBM: Lyrically, what inspires the EP? What about songs like "Where We Belong" and "Set Ourselves Aside"?
'Set ourselves aside' is about a guy who is addicted to cheating everyone around him and used to getting away with it. He knows what he does is wrong but doesn't realise all of the good things he has going for him until he loses them. Where we belong' is about friendship.
OBM: What inspired the title of the EP?
It's a line from 'Where we belong''The state of things to come, won't be undone, when fears are frozen...' It basically means what happens, happens for a reason, and if you put your fears aside then you begin to forget about consequences and can achieve anything that you want. No one can take that choice or your achievements away from you.
OBM: What about the UK scene, there are a lot of good bands out there, is the scene quite healthy?
There are a lot of awesome bands and alot of not so good bands.
The scene is healthy though, yes.
OBM: Are there any particular bands in the modern scene that you look up to?
Wayne: There are quite a few that I look up to for what they have accomplished, Architects, We are the ocean, You me at six.
Shaun: The Last Shadow Puppets.
Steve: Thrice. I just love everything they do. Amazing musicians.
Dan: Misery Signals
OBM: Okay, tell us about your worst gig experience with the band?
Ok well, on our April UK Tour our van was impounded by the police with all of our kit still in it after a midlands show and we still had one more show to play on the southcoast. So one of our good friends drove us in a two seater mini-van. So we where all cramped into the back of this van for three hours and then had to play this show with the house kit, which sucked. So we felt like shit and sounded like shit and then had to cramp back into the van for a three hour drive home!
Sorry to anyone who came to see us at that show!
OBM: You played an European Tour this year! What were the high points and low points of that tour?
Yeah it was actually our second trip to Europe this year. We love being on the road and there where so many highs and lows. Highs would definetly be German Beer, jumping off bridges into rivers in Zurich, Switzerland, Amsterdam, all of the shows and the friends that we made and the nights we had a place to stay! Sleeping in bomb shelters and factorys is better than the van!
Lows would be stealing from service stations when we ran out of food, ALWAYS being low on gas, driving for 20 hours, getting pulled over by ZOL, getting pulled over by the Police, getting pulled over by customs control, traffic jams and nearly crashing in the Austrian Alps!
OBM: When are we going to see you guys another time in Germany?
We LOVE Germany and will be back as soon as we possibly can. Promoters get in touch!
OBM: Okay, just to finish, why do you think a Ownblood-Magazine reader should buy your album?
If they want a positive record that they can sing along to and rock out to then this is the record for them.
OBM: Cheers for your time guys, anything else to say?
Check our myspace profile blogs for video diaries of our July'08 Tour and the making of 'The State of Things to Come'.